The Range Rover has just become more elegant, luxurious and sophisticated with the introduction of the new Range Rover Evoque Autobiography at the top of the Evoque range.
This luxury compact SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid following the launch of the P300e plug-in hybrid earlier this year. Some additional new engine options are now available for the Evoque, which includes two updated, efficient next-generation four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology. Using a belt-driven starter motor and battery pack, MHEV vehicles conserve energy normally lost under deceleration, feeding it back to a 48-volt battery to boost the performance and deliver enhanced fuel economy. The Evoque Autobiography is available with 165PS and 200PS engines which are more powerful than the outgoing engines, with both improved CO2 emissions and fuel economy.
There is still a wide selection of petrol engines to choose from with P200, P250 and P300 options, also all fitted with MHEV technology.
Chief Creative Officer of Land Rover, Professor Gerry McGovern OBE, said: “The Range Rover Evoque Autobiography delivers the promise of Range Rover, with refined modernity and sophistication both on the exterior and interior. Since its introduction in 2010 the characterful Evoque has turned heads, and elegant details further enhance its sophisticated character.”
The Evoque’s interior digital experience has been transformed with the introduction of Land Rover’s state-of-the-art Pivi infotainment system, which is ready to go immediately it is turned on. Software updates are available over-the-air via the vehicle’s embedded data connection at no cost and can be scheduled at a time to suit the owner. This ensures that you always have the most up-to-date maps, apps and vehicle features without having to physically visit a retailer. The system is enabled by a new Electrical Vehicle Architecture and is available as either standard Pivi, or Pivi Pro from S-specification.
It is now really easy to stream the music and media you love with Spotify integrated directly within the infotainment menu for the first time as well as Bluetooth connectivity for two phones at once. The new second-generation Activity Key is also available, which allows you to unlock any door, lock or even start the vehicle, just by being close by.
Alex Heslop, Director of Electrical Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The infotainment experience in our best-selling compact SUVs has been transformed with the introduction of our new electric vehicle architecture and Pivi infotainment. New hardware and software means the Range Rover Evoque is more digitally connected than ever. Our customers can now benefit from a system as responsive and easy to use as a smartphone, which actually improves over time, thanks to Software-Over-The-Air updates.”
You can even check the quality of the air in the cabin via the touchscreen by activating the smart all-new Cabin Air Filtration system to filter out harmful fine particulate matter often found in cities and high-traffic areas. This all-new system, which is in addition to the existing Cabin Air Ionisation feature, filters out fine particulate matter, allergens, pollen as well as strong odours and ultrafine particulates. Passengers can simply select the ‘Purify’ mode to activate the system, which filters and continually monitors the air inside the cabin relative to the air outside. The touchscreen offers reassurance that the air inside the vehicle is cleaner than the air outside which is pretty impressive.
The technology on the Evoque doesn’t stop there, with a comprehensive suite of new Advanced Driver Assistance features which achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating. The new Rear Collision Monitor uses radars to constantly monitor the vehicle’s rear, meaning the vehicle is ready to reduce the severity of an impact for the occupants, while the introduction of a 3D Surround Camera lets the driver see what’s happening around the vehicle at speeds of up to 19mph, making manoeuvring and even navigating difficult terrain really easy.
The Range Rover Evoque is now available to order in the UK priced from £32,100. For more information please visit www.landrover.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover